Election Time 2018

As a committeeman for my ward in South Philadelphia, and as an American, I urge you to get out there and VOTE in the general election. The last day for voter registration is October 9; the last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot if October 30; and the election itself is on November 6. Here are the candidates I endorse:

US Senate from Pennsylvania, Bob Casey; and

Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolfe.

Not only must we get out and vote, but we must do so in record numbers, to show the politicians of both parties that we the people are conscious of what is going on in our nation and in our communities, and we want to hold them accountable and not take us for granted.

Later on the Presidential elections will come up; and hopefully the Democratic party leadership will have learned not to cheat the progressive element of their voice or votes, that the progressives of the party are raising serious issues:

trade treaties that move manufacturing, and the jobs that go with them, out of local communities and cause unemployment for workers, with its accompanying sense of hopelessness;

gun violence that kills young lives;

banks receiving virtual welfare-such as grants from the Federal Reserve-while delivering perks to executives and buyout deals for incompetent CEOs;

tax benefits for corporations and the wealthy which, in spite of the myth, do NOT simulate the economy, but stay in the foreign bank accounts of billionaires;

and the racism crawling out of the woodwork, thanks to (sarcasm alert) the wonderful example set by our commander-in-chief.  This list just scratches the surface.

Not only must you vote, but inform yourself of what goes on in the community an the world, so the politicians see you are paying attention to what is going on.

 

 

 

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Committeeman!

I have just come from the meeting of the 48th Ward Democratic Committee in South Philadelphia, where I presented my credentials as a Committee-member. we had nominations for officers-Anton Moore, a live wire of a young man who is dedicated to the community, was elected Ward Leader; I myself was elected Assistant Secretary. I will join other great activists in bringing in the people of our neighborhoods into the democratic process, just in time to fight the Trump agenda.

Health Care Battle

In spite of majorities in both houses of Congress, the republican leadership failed-again-to wipe out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare;” all they had to replace it with was either tax breaks for billionaires, or nothing at all, just straight repeal.

Fortunately there were Republicans who paid more attention to their constituents that to their leaders, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan; as short as “Obamacare” falls in covering all Americans with health insurance, it was a great improvement over  how it used to be, when fifty-five million Americans had no coverage at all. Still, we must continue to  work towards a single-payer health insurance system, as in Canada-“Medicare for all.”

Public activism-people demonstrating in the streets, in town halls, and in congressional offices, phoning or e-mailing Congress-members-definitely turned the tide against the republican “plan,” showing that people power can override Washington power brokers and lobbyists.

It’s something to keep up; we can no longer count on the Democratic National Committee leadership to fight the republican onslaught, they being all to willing to try to make a deal-with people who don’t believe in compromise, and with a party dominated by the most extreme and violent elements of American politics. we the American people are the real opposition party; let’s keep fighting, and we’ll keep winning.

Get Out and VOTE!

April 26 will be the day of the primary election in Pennsylvania. I urge everyone within the sound of my blog to get their asses out and VOTE. Your candidate may not win, Lord knows I’ve backed some lost but noble causes, but it will show the political bosses we are paying attention to what goes on in the world.

With that in mind I hereby announce my endorsement for President of the United States-Bernie Sanders. I do NOT swallow the established media line that Hillary Clinton-who started as a Goldwater Girl back in the ’60s, and supports a pro-corporate agenda as bad as the Republicans-owns this or that voting block, or that she has the nomination in the bag just because the party apparatus is on her side.

The only real reason she became a Senator was by being first lady to Bill Clinton, who was as pro-corporate as any Republican Senator-he pushed the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took jobs out of this country, causing massive unemployment for American workers. Plus, after losing the 1994 congressional elections, Clinton hired Dick Morris, a conservative republican political manager, to be his political advisor in moving to the right, so therefore leaving American voters with no real choice in political options.

On the other hand, Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist and proud of it, comes from outside the “two party” apparatus, (which to be is as much part of the government apparatus as the Army), and has a track record of pro-people activism, including work in the Civil Rights movement. Plus, younger people are coming up who have no memory of the Soviet Union, so the “Red Scare” of associating Socialism with Communism won’t work anymore. People are turned off anymore by the “two-party” system, whereby one party does not check or balance the other party, but they have the same corporate paymasters donating to their campaigns.

With the people on the streets, and the artistry going on-the kind of stuff you would not take place in any regular political campaign-it’s not just a campaign, it IS a revolution going on, a serious upheaval, a big change coming on in this country. Be a part of it and vote.

The Election So Far

The “election” of Hillary Clinton last night in New York last night does NOT impress me; it was “won” through the deliberate removal of voters from the rolls, something that would shame the most backward county in Alabama. THIS is how the next President of the most powerful nation in the world will be carried out?

And should we go along with the “lesser of two evils” argument, that if we don’t vote for Hillary, right or wrong, Trump or Cruz will be elected? The entire two party system, really factions of the same ruling elite which does not care a whit about us working and low income people, is rotten with corporate money, and politicians in BOTH parties feel they have to put their hands out for the corporate grease. Politics is more than who runs for what office, it’s about movements for change over a period of time and effort.

“These people can now stop pretty much anyone they want”: Wall Street in the Elizabeth Warren era – Salon.com

There was a time when the left-liberal wing of the Democratic party was shunned by the party apparatus, after the Nixon reelection of 1972 and the election of 1988, when the Republicans called Michael Dukakus a “liberal,” like it was an STD. (With his treatment of welfare recipients and the LGBT community, he was anything but.)

Now, the progressive element of the party is on the march. Great, and I’m in the movement that will eventually move the country more towards Democratic Socialism.

 

“These people can now stop pretty much anyone they want”: Wall Street in the Elizabeth Warren era – Salon.com

via “These people can now stop pretty much anyone they want”: Wall Street in the Elizabeth Warren era – Salon.com.

In 2014 America Abandoned Its Constitution And Devolved Into a Fascist Theocracy

In 2014 America Abandoned Its Constitution And Devolved Into a Fascist Theocracy

via In 2014 America Abandoned Its Constitution And Devolved Into a Fascist Theocracy.

Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep – The Washington Post

This is terrible, our government once again shows itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of such corporations as Citigroup. How can working and low-income people get a word in edgewise to our government if they’re not in the process? And this is the “DEMOCRATIC” party, supposedly the party unions are allied with. IT’s proven to be a terrible ally, one we can’t count on.

 

Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep – The Washington Post

via Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep – The Washington Post.

A 2016 primary run by Bernie Sanders would be good for Democrats, progressives and the nation

I’m supporting Bernie Sanders for President. I agree with him on the issues, which seriously need to be addressed.

 

A 2016 primary run by Bernie Sanders would be good for Democrats, progressives and the nation

via A 2016 primary run by Bernie Sanders would be good for Democrats, progressives and the nation.

The missing story of the 2014 election – GOPlifer

The Republicans are getting cocky about getting the presidency again, due to winning the CONgress; but the war is not YET won. In the LONG run, the people shall WIN.

The missing story of the 2014 election – GOPlifer

via The missing story of the 2014 election – GOPlifer.